ACT

Though many people want to jump to action sooner instead of later, action without a vigorous self-education and self-reflection practice can unexpectedly reproduce the very power and privilege dynamics we seek to interrupt in this work. Here are a few actions that you might consider: 

  • Invite friend(s), family, and/or colleagues to do the 21-Day Challenge with you.

  • Prepare yourself to interrupt racial jokes. Click HERE for some advice about how.

  • Interrupt the pattern of white silence by speaking openly with family, friends, and colleagues about what you’re doing and learning in the 21-Day Challenge.

  • Invite friend(s), family, and/or colleagues to join you for one or more of your daily “to-do’s” for a low-threshold invitation into the work and introduction to the 21-Day Challenge.

  • Find out if your school, workplace, or faith group has an Equity Committee. What can you learn from them? Are they open to new members? Join if you can. Support in other ways if you can’t.

  • Find organizations such as The Privilege Institute, your local YWCA, and other non-profits doing racial justice work and support them through donating your time, money, and other resources. 

  • When the status quo is racist, disrupt it. No matter how big or small put yourself out there to create change. No need to wait until you are comfortable disrupting; it may never get comfortable, though you will get better at managing discomfort! Examples from participants include: 
    • Requiring administration to change the name of a dodgeball team from “The Cottonpickers” 
    • Improving the representation of books in the library by raising funds and purchasing hundreds of new books
    • Conducting an equity audit within the organization
    • Creating learning communities to set goals, objectives, and action plans
    • Disrupting inappropriate language by offering alternative language you yourself are learning
    • Speaking, emailing, and posting about articles, blogs, movies, and this 21-Day Challenge that you find impactful. Let people know you are not neutral!